So what am I passionate about and why do I give?
Why not? I have very few needs and wants that are not met and that is a true blessing. I give so other people can have that experience. I don't give to any particular organization, I, somewhat selfishly, just give to those that interest me. For example, this year I gave to the Austin chapter of March of Dimes because I gave birth to premature twins in July. It took me several weeks to admit they were premature, NICU-stay and all, because I didn't want to be lumped into the "premature" group. But the fact of the matter is, my babies were 6 weeks premature and MoD is doing something to prevent that. I want to thank them for that.
My reasons for giving are fluid and often change and that's OK. Here's a list of organizations I gave to last year and why:
- Girl Scouts because parents don't send their kids to camp anymore and I think all children should have the authentic summer camp experience
- What Would Willie Want because Willie was my friend and he sought positive changes for the world
- Georgetown Youth Baseball because a family I know has two little leaguers and are so happy just cheering, coaching, and playing
- Annunciation Maternity Home because I wrote a paper about them in college.
- Thirst No More because a friend of mine works there
- Alzheimer's Association because two of my husband's grandparents have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's
Now, what exactly do I give? Money? In-kind donations? Time? The truth is, people often want to give their time because they don't have enough dollars but the time it takes to give dollars is way less than the time it takes to paint a room or clean up a playground. I just spent less than 5 minutes pledging my 2010 gift AND requesting that my company match it. While I would like to say I spent personal time and sweat to help the organization, I didn't. And my gift was much smaller this year due to some recent family medical bills. But it was still a gift.
I choose to give, no matter how small the gift. Because like my premature babies who started out weighing 5 lbs. 0 oz., and 4 lbs. 11 oz., I know that small gifts grow. I hope you find something you can give a little to today.